UFC on ESPN+ 7 takes place Saturday, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 10:15 a.m. ET (7:15 a.m. PT).
The event takes place at Yubileyniy Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia. The main card streams on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN2.
In the main event, Alistair Overeem (44-17 MMA, 9-6 UFC) takes on Aleksei Oleinik (57-11-1 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in a heavyweight bout. In the co-feature, Islam Makhachev (16-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) meets Arman Tsarukyan (13-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at lightweight.
Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 10:15 a.m. ET for the ESPN2 prelims and 1 p.m. ET for the main card on ESPN+.
To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC on ESPN+ 7 discussion thread.
Enjoy the fights, everyone.
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Sultan Aliev vs. Keita Nakamura
Round 1 – Quick jab from Aliev knocks out Nakamura’s mouthpiece in the opening seconds. We restart quickly, and Aliev throws another jab with a right behind it. Nakamura standing in the pocket and looking to return fire, but the Aliev right lands again. Aliev seems just a step ahead, but Nakamura does land a counter right in reply. Aliev holding the center and lands another right hand. Second lands right behind it. Aliev wants a takedown, but Nakamura with a perfect counter as they fall. Aliev immediately sweeps right back in a wild scramble, but they move to the feet. Aliev grabs the legs and drags the fight to the floor, but Nakamura refuses to stay on the floor. He crawls up, but Aliev controlling from the outside. Nakamura finally breaks away, but Aliev lands an uppercut on the break. They clinch again at the bell, and MMA Junkie gives it to Aliev, 10-9.
Round 2 – Nakamura walking forward, but Aliev is the one to land the first right hand. Nakamura slips another right and tries to reply, but he’s being very respectful of his opponent’s power. Nakamura starting to press a little, and he is avoiding the right hand that comes in reply for the most part. Still, Nakamura yet to get any real meaningful offense working. Exchange of punches for both, and Aliev moves inside for a takedown. Nakamura defends it well, and they reset. Nakamura starting to find range a bit. Left hand lands. Aliev changes levels. He wraps the body and slams Nakamura to the floor. Nakamura tries to get a quick scramble up, but Aliev able to drag him back to the floor. Aliev steps over the legs to pin the action to the canvas. Nakamura punches a bit to force him to move, and he does crawl to the feet, but Aliev stays there and keeps the action on the fence until the bell. MMA Junkie gives it again to Aliev, 10-9.
Round 3 –
Magomed Mustafaev vs. Rafael Fiziev
Round 1 – Mustafaev with a few kicks to feel the range in the opening seconds. Spinning kick goes high and pushes Fiziev off-balance briefly. Mustafaev switches stances and lands hard to the leg. Fiziev answers low. Mustafaev with another spinning back kick, and it lands firm, even with his opponent’s right hand high. Fiziev crashes to the floor. Mustafaev seizes the moment, jumping on top with punches on the floor, and this fight is over in rapid fashion.
Result: Magomed Mustafaev def. Rafael Fiziev via TKO (spinning back kick, punches) – Round 1, 1:26
Highlights: Check out Magomed Mustafaev’s spinning back kick at UFC on ESPN+ 7
Records: Rafael Fiziev (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Magomed Mustafaev (14-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Referee: Vjacheslav Kiselev
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
Round 1 – Quick start for Antigulov, chasing with punches and a takedown. Oleksiejczuk retreats well, and as Antigulov rushes again, a big left hand drops him. Antigulov back to his feet, but a huge uppercut lands clean. Antigulov crawls back to his feet again, but he’s being punished for his aggression. Oleksiejczuk lands another uppercut, and this one is clean, as well. Antigulov crumbles to the floor, and this fight is over. Wild action while it lasted.
Result: Michal Oleksiejczuk def. Gadzhimurad Antigulov via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:44
Highlights: Michal Oleksiejczuk wins by KO after three knockdowns in 44 seconds
Records: Gadzhimurad Antigulov (20-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC), Michal Oleksiejczuk (14-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
Division: Light heavyweight
Referee: Leon Roberts
Marcin Tybura vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov
Round 1 – Both big men fire right hands to open. Abdurakhimov briefly controls the center, but both men keeping their hands high and looking to fire with straight punches. Abdurakhimov strings a few punches together and throws with a left to the body. He sneaks in an uppercut, as well. Abdurakhimov with a nice counter right as Tybura tires to push inside. Abdurakhimov moving well, changing levels and showing some head movement as he creates angles. Tybura not backing away, but a little more down the middle in his approach. Tybura switches stances, but Abdurakhimov tags him with a right hand. Abdurakhimov seemingly getting the best of the exchanges in a moderately paced round. Bell sounds, and MMA Junkie gives it to Abdurakhimov, 10-9.
Round 2 – Quick engagement to start, and Abdurakhimov fires off a spinning back kick to the body. Tybura thinks takedown, but it’s not there. Tybura with a low kick that Abdurakhimov catches and takes to the floor, but he can’t keep the fight there. Tybura starting to move a little better in terms of creating angles. Abdurakhimov shoots inside, but Tybura shoves him aside. Tybura’s nose is starting to bleed a bit. Abdurakhimov with a quick spinning backfist that partially lands. Abdurakhimov again tries to dip down for a leg, but it’s not there. Abdurakhimov right hand to the body. Big left hand lands up top. Tybura is hurt. He wobbles back slowly to the fence. Abdurakhimov sees it and pounces. Big punches on the feet. Tybura isn’t falling, but he’s out on his feet. Referee Herb Dean sees it and has to rush in to call the fight.
Result: Shamil Abdurakhimov def. Marcin Tybura via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:15
Records: Shamil Abdurakhimov (20-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC), Marcin Tybura (17-5 MMA, 4-4 UFC)
Referee: Herb Dean
Alexander Yakovlev vs. Alex da Silva
Round 1 – The taller Yakovlev sets up on the outside, but da Silva able to score with a kick from range. Quick movement early from da Silva, and more kicks coming as he dances about. Yakovlev able to press forward and drive the action to the cage, but da Silva defends well and circles out to the center. Yakovlev now lets his hands go, but da Silva answer immediately. Yakovlev nets the takedown, but it’s a perfect counter for da Silva, who crawls immediately back to the feet and nets his own takedown, moving immediately to side control. Scramble ensues, and da Silva threatens to take the back, but Yakovlev turns again and eventually moves back to the feet. Yakovlev trying to control the body, but da Silva able to break that and push his opponent to the cage, changing levels and looking for a single. Yakovlev defends well and is able to turn off the fence, but the clinch is a bit of a stalemate. Both men grinding well in the spot. Round ends there, and MMA Junkie gives it to da Silva, 10-9.
Round 2 – Yakovlev with an early kick but slips to the floor, and da Silva rushes ti take top position. Yakovlev kicks the legs inside, but da Silva adjusts with relative ease and controls the head. He’s trying to advance to mount, but Yakovlev feels it and turns to his knees. Some control from the front for da Silva, but stands and turns, grabbing his opponent and lifting him in the air before slamming him to the floor. No panic for da Silva, who is immediately back up and looking for the takedown. Yakovlev sprawls well against the fence, and he drives in a few big elbows. Yakovlev presses his opponent to the floor and wraps the neck. Tough to see if the anaconda is completely in, but he’s squeezing, and da Silva taps. Bit of a modified choke there, but it works, and an emotional Yakovlev kneels in the center and celebrates the win.
Result: Alexander Yakovlev def. Alex da Silva via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 3:10
Highlights: Alexander Yakovlev taps Alex Da Silva for first submission since 2011
Records: Alex Da Silva (20-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Alexander Yakovlev (25-9-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC)
Referee: Marc Goddard
Movsar Evloev vs. Seung Woo Choi
Round 1 –
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Alen Amedovski
Round 1 –
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Antonina Shevchenko
Round 1 –
Ivan Shtyrkov vs. Devin Clark
Round 1 –
Sergei Pavlovich vs. Marcelo Golm
Round 1 –
Islam Makhachev vs. Arman Tsarukyan
Round 1 –
Alistair Overeem vs. Aleksei Oleinik
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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